Does ANYONE get BBC America Cable ?

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  1. MikeAW

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    Just wondering if anyone is viewing BBC Cable !

    It looks good, and being such a BBC hound...from PBS and BRAVO samplings...I was wondering if it was all it says it is !
     
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    Well, I know we're paying for it. But I think it's only on digital cable. *shrugs*
     
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    I get BBC America as well. Unfortunately, I would be as happy as a pig in **** if I got BBC1, 2, etc. BBC America (from what I've seen) strikes me as a dilluted, dumbed down BBC. Please, any more enlightened HTFers are free to jump in and prove me wrong.

    The real gem on digital cable is IFC (Independent Film Channel) I have seen so many awesome films on this channel, movies that would never be seen on television otherwise.

    Joseph
     
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    I get it (on digital cable) and I watch it a lot!

    Some of my favorite shows are Changing Rooms, Ground Force, Later with jools Holland, and Are You Dave Gorman?.

    The only drawback I can see is that we get the shows about a year later than they appear on regular BBC. But I'd rather have the shows late than never.
     
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    BBC America differs from the real BBC in one very important way: it has (frequent) commercials. The BBC is able to consitently put out excellent product because it does not have to sell soap.

    As they (at least used to) say in the UK "we have the least worst TV in the World!"
     
  6. MikeAW

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    I guess I will stick to BRAVO then...and of course the usual PBS pledge drive thingy.

    Too bad, it sounds like a good idea on paper, then they start dumbing it down for us Tv viewing cretins who don't know what they want!
     
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    The ads are extremely annoying on BBC America, and their line-up is odd (a whole evening devoted to one programme), but it is definately worth having for the news alone. Still the best news on T.V.

    And, it still has some of the best comedy around.
     
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    Wow, if commercials would prevent you from watching the great shows on BBC America, you must not watch ANY American cable or network channels.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Just out of curiosity, is the soap opera "Eastenders" shown on BBC America?
     
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    On our digital cable we get BBC America. Since I dont have it in the living room, I rarely watch it.
     
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    It's almost the only channel I watch that's digital. If it weren't for BBC America, IFC, and maybe a couple of others I could pretty much get by on the analog channels alone...

    Of course I am hooked on the channel guides on digital. Can't picture looking TV schedules up in a magazine, etc. again.

    -Dave
     
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    I agree that the programming line-up is strange, but you get some absolute gems like Red Dwarf, BRILLIANT and the BBC World news (take a hint, CNN). I am an Englishman living in NC so I will take any taste of Telly from back home, even if it is a year late!!

    Neil
     
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    My favorite shows are "Keeping Up Appearances", "As Time Goes By", and "Vicar of Dibley" when they show them during pledge week.

    Dawn French is so talented and refreshing a talent, anything she does just blows away anything away, US cable or commercial Tv can offer.

    The past couple of months I purchased DVD sets of

    "Absolutely Fabulous", "Fawlty Towers", and "Black Adder".
     
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    I love BBC America. Reminds me of one of my favorite Simpsons jabs at British TV. "Tonight, we're showing one of Britain's longest running shows and you'll get to see all six episodes!"
     
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    Yup them's the economics of TV in a small country.
    Still at least we get to see the episodes back to back - explain to me about this whole 'sweeps' thing again [​IMG]
     
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    I get this channel. I wish they would air re-runs of Blake's 7 and Doctor Who.
     
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    I saw "Thunderbirds Are Go!" on FLIX a few weeks ago...boy, did that bring back memories !
     
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    I get this channel and I do like it alot, but like others have mentioned, I wish it was more like BBC1 or BBC2 and were more current with some shows. Also, some of the programming on BBC1 and BBC2 are not shown on BBCA, but rather on some other digital networks, like TRIO.

    The commercials are odd, but that's just way television is funded here compared to how it is in the UK.

    Joey
     

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